The federal government will provide $212 million in interim funding to house asylum seekers who came to Canada in search of safety and security, but ended up sleeping on sidewalks and streets.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser made the announcement earlier this week, following a Toronto advocacy campaign, led by grassroots community workers, non-profit agencies, charities and allies.
“It just reached a tipping point and they had to respond, because we had gone out there loud and proud … and they couldn’t shirk their responsibilities,” said Diane Walter, executive director of Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services, a charity that has advocated for asylum seekers in recent weeks.
The charity is part of a coalition of organizations and community groups that have provided respite for dozens of asylum seekers camp
Our social impact coverage and insights enrich thousands of change makers like you everyday. Sign up for a free account with Future of Good to continue reading this series.
Already have an account? Sign in.